Originally Posted by Jono
.......assuming "The Good Lord" grants you enough time to do that before your boat is engulfed in flames/sinks/plague spreads etc....
Alternatively, dither over the DSC, asking your crew:
"now, is it press and hold for a distress call, or press then read display... ooh, there's a funny message on the display, which button now, oh I seem to have cancelled it. I'll try again... hmmm... hope this works... have you got the instruction manual... d'oh!"
Heard a couple of false alarms recently - the standard VHF using a Mk1 human, MK1 voice and Mk1 brain was cleared up in 30 seconds. The DSC alert which detailed "vessel on fire" took about 30 mins and the intervention of other vessles in the Newtown Creek area to ascertain that there was no vessel on fire in the area.
Here's a technical question for those in the know... is a Mayday call automatically relayed by DSC sets or does it need human intervention? Remembering back to my course, I think it needs intervention...